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Westminster Libraries

There are a number of free public libraries based across Westminster offering a wide range of services, activities and events for people of all ages and different needs. Read this page for an introduction to some of the work they do for the local community. …

What is a Children’s Centre?

If you have a child aged 0 to 5 years old, you can receive free parenting support and information at your local Children’s Centre or Family Hub. What can a children's centre help with? A wide range of organisations and professionals work at your local children's…

What is a Family Hub?

A more integrated workforce: A ‘virtual’ network of providers working with children 0 – 19 years, who share a single approach to working with families across a given area / neighbourhood. It will bring together early intervention work delivered by the wide spectrum of Early Help…

What is the Quality and Outcomes Framework?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a way the NHS rewards GPs for delivering good practice. It works by rating GP performance in several key areas related to quality care and health outcomes. For example, GP practices gain points for keeping a list of…

What it means to be looked after

Being looked after by social services can be confusing and scary and you will probably have lots of questions. We hope you will find some of the answers here. If there is anything else you need to know, please talk to your social worker or Children's…

What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

How to use this guide The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. For those working in the early years - whether in a nursery, pre-school, a childminder or…

What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

How to use this guide The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. For those working in the early years - whether in a nursery, pre-school, a childminder or…

What types of services and activities take place at Children’s Centres?

Family Hubs and Children’s Centres offer a range of services and activities: play sessions health visiting services and clinics offering information and support community drop-in sessions for children and carers breastfeeding groups family learning adult education classes and training individual support through home visiting dental…

When can I use Children’s Centres?

Family Hubs and Children’s Centres are open at least five days a week. Each venue has set opening hours and an activities calendar, so you can plan when you and your family will attend different sessions, depending on your interests. Visit your local centre to…

Why do we have Children’s Centres?

Family Hubs and Children’s Centres bring together lots of organisations including Westminster City Council, NHS Westminster and voluntary and community partners to give you and your family the best possible services. The services available at Children’s Centres help children and their families to: be healthy…